All Betsy’s fault
Saturday January 12th 2013, 12:03 am
Filed under: Friends,Knitting a Gift,Life

I got a note from an old friend from junior high, who knows I knit: might I be interested in a commission?

Not sure what she was asking and worrying it might be aran sweaters or who knows, I replied, I knit for love, not money; money just takes all the fun out of it. (Trying not to inwardly protest that I just got this perfect yarn from DebbieR that she instantly knew was for the pharmacy clerk I wrote about and sent it to me, and when I opened it I had the same reaction–this is it! So I have that hat to make. And I have someone else whose wife’s scarf is coming along, and the purple for Purlescence. The queue…!) But I said none of that.

Betsy thought on it awhile and got back to me today with: would you knit a hat for love, for me?

I laughed. Of course I would. Any allergies, what colors do you like.

It just so happens that Michelle had dumped a whole bunch of my yarn stash in the family room and I’d been sorting through projects and skeins all day, so it was easy to find what I was looking for. And: the missing size 5 that was driving me nuts and keeping me from getting that guy’s hat started? I’d been short circ-ited. Turned up two rows after I braved through the start of Betsy’s on ragged old bamboos, gold-plated Addis no less, boom, there you go. I’ll do hers and then his. I found them!

What she had no idea of, and neither did I… As I sat down and got started, her yarn next to me started plotting, rubbing its woolly little paws together in glee. I had had this half-baked idea for some time, and a hat is a great way to test a pattern on a small scale, and I’d needed a woman’s hat to do that with, and wouldn’t it be cool if Betsy’s request got me to finally work that idea out?

And I’m off. And if I push I can still finish all of those projects by the end of next week. Betsy, hon–I owe you, bigtime. Thank you!

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I have some gold yarn doing the same rubbing its paws together routine. Now what the heck is this??? Two yellow items in a row and a third planned? Is there a vast yarn conspiracy going here?

Comment by Afton 01.12.13 @ 6:58 am

Such good fortune.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 01.12.13 @ 8:36 am

heh, well, if that test knit goes well, you may want to include that hat pattern in the book too!

can’t wait to see what all this golden splendor is going to turn into

Comment by bev 01.12.13 @ 8:36 am

Yay! Isn’t it fun when you “have to” work on something you want to? Looking forward to seeing what the new pattern is like. And seems the dump-yarn-sort is in the air. Just did that myself a few nights ago after buying new, see-through bins at Costco. Thought I’d have enough bins to share with the kid. Uh. Hope Costco has more.

Comment by DebbieR 01.12.13 @ 10:47 am

Yes, doing something for fun is … fun! Especially when it’s creative!

Comment by Don Meyer 01.12.13 @ 11:11 am

Everything is conspiring to make this effort pay off, it seems!

Comment by twinsetellen 01.13.13 @ 6:50 pm

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